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February 20, 2010

two videos about filmaking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew @ 8:59 pm

There were two videos that I came across recently that showed two aspects to current filmaking techniques. The first was
Stargate Studios Virtual Backlot Reel 2009 and the second as The making of Old Spice’s commercial: The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. What is interesting about them are the way they show two different aspects to movie production. The virtual backlot reel show how common simple video techniques like chroma-key (bluescreen) technology is. How common it is that the street scene, etc. that you see inĀ  a TV show or movie has some amount of trickery done. The dissecting of the Old Spice commercial shows how much can be done with little or no trickery, and how much effort a production team will go through to avoid it. I’d be interested in knowing what tips the balances one way or another. When it is more cost effective to build special sets, rigs, etc just to avoid using special effects, and when chroma-key and CGI become more effective than trying to build it in real life.

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